NEW YORK (AP) Headed into the primary season, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Rudy Giuliani are scoring the highest ratings among American Jews affiliated with the two political parties, the American Jewish Committee's 2007 Annual Survey of American Jewish Opinion found.
Seventy percent of Jewish Democrats had a favorable opinion of Clinton, the New York senator; 48 percent felt favorably toward former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards, and 45 percent felt that way about Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.
Among Jewish Republicans, 75 percent had a favorable opinion of Giuliani, the former New York mayor. He was followed by Arizona Sen. John McCain (49 percent), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (32 percent), and former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson (32 percent), the survey found.
The survey found that 22 percent of U.S. Jews consider the economy and jobs the most important problem facing the United States, followed by health care (19 percent), the Iraq War (16 percent), terrorism and national security (15 percent), education (8 percent), immigration (8 percent) and the energy crisis (7 percent).
On the Arab-Israeli peace process, 55 percent of U.S. Jews are skeptical that "there will come a time when Israel and its Arab neighbors will be able to settle their differences and live in peace," while 37 percent are optimistic.
The committee's survey of 1,000 self-identified Jewish respondents, conducted by phone between Nov. 6 and Nov. 25, has a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.